June 26, 2007

China Is Going To Make Sure They Kill At Least Some Americans

But first they are starting with Europeans ...

China's Brilliance BS6 is a recent entry into the European market, positioned as a premium-style import sedan at a budget price. Well, after seeing the videos of the car undergoing crash testing using Euro NCAP guidelines at the ADAC (Germany's AAA, essentially) test center, one thing's certain: buyers get what they pay for.

I can't believe Europe even let this vehicle be sellable, must not have done crash testing on it before letting it loose on it's citizens.

The BS6, as currently constructed, appears to a complete piece of crap. The horrifying 40 mph offset frontal crash test video shows damage that can be described as catastrophic at best. The A-pillar collapses and folds up like a cheap suitcase, forcing the driver's door to pop largely out of its frame, while the lower portion of the car buckles like it's made of recycled pop cans. We wouldn't want to be the driver's legs...or any other part of him for that matter. To open the mangled door afterwards, the ADAC techs needed to use a huge crowbar to get it to budge. ADAC notes that the pedals intruded a foot and a half (32 cm) into the driver's space, while the IP moved in almost 8 inches (20 cm). Needless to say, the BS6 failed the test, garnering just 1 star.(emphasis mine)

When a reporter uses the words "piece of crap" "horrifying" and "catastrophic" you might be a little scared.

The side-impact video's no picnic, either, as the driver's upper body takes the impact so hard, the injuries sustained would likely prove fatal

Prove fatal .... they are selling a vehicle that in a 40mph crash the driver and most likely the front passenger would DIE.

Enough said ...

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You can view more pictures and the actual crash test video at this site.

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 26, 2007 08:01 AM | TrackBack

Yep, in a crash like that, the driver would likely die. The passenger would not fair any better. I've seen deaths at less impact and crumple. Ack!

Posted by: oddybobo at June 26, 2007 08:24 AM

Blah, blah, blah, safety.
As long as it meats the new Congressional fuel standards, that's all that matters.


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Posted by: jimmyb at June 27, 2007 05:29 PM

Brake Check!

Posted by: RedNeck at June 27, 2007 05:51 PM

Jeez!! I hate the amount of our government's influence in our daily lives, but NOT where it comes to auto safety.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at June 28, 2007 10:03 AM